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Pellet Stoves

Anybody out there using pellet stoves?
Be it at home or camp.
How many tons of pellets per year are you using ?
How big of an area are you heating, and is it at home or camp?
(Figure most camps not as well insulated as homes)
Just curious, throwing around some ideas.

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Re: Pellet Stoves

3-4 ton a winter season.
Use to heat my house. Approx 1400 sf over two floors. Stove in middle of main floor layout where there is a loft to second floor.

Been using it for many years now. Woodstove before that.
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Re: Pellet Stoves

we have 2 of them, one at the house which is one of the biggest ones they make and it is full automatic, we have an L shaped ranch and it heats the basement and the upper living area. we go through about 4 tons a year. the one at the cabin in not fully automatic and heats 2 floors which is only about 800 square feet, once the cabin gets warm it actually overheats the place on the lowest settings. we love both pellet stoves.
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Re: Pellet Stoves

I use a Harman P-68 to heat approx 2300 sqft. In my home . I go through 4-5 tons if pellets per winter and rarely turn the boiler on. If it gets down to single digits I will turn the boiler on.

I just bought 3 tons of pellets at $199.00/ ton

I am on my sixth season with this stove and the only problem I've had was a bad blower motor which was covered under warranty.

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Re: Pellet Stoves

We rely on a Breckwell P23 to heat 2000 s/f farmhouse. Does a decent job especially 30 and above. We go through 3-4 tons of pellets per year and a little oil.
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Re: Pellet Stoves

I have a small (1400sf) house and i have a 10 year old pellet stove. Go thru a little over two ton of pellets every winter. Last year about a ton. Likes? Its cheap compared to oil or propane heat. The bad? cleaning it everyday, dust everywhere, getting pellets for me is a nightmare since I live in town. Its an ordeal getting a ton onto my back porch. If I didn't have a truck it would be worse.

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Re: Pellet Stoves

Look into a coal stoker stove.........it operates the same as a pellet stove, and coal is around the same price (roughly 212.00 a ton) and has a lot more BTU's in it than hardwood pellets.....I believe you get almost 1.75 the amount of BTU out of a ton of hard coal, as you get out of a ton of pellets......

Also, coal stoves don't require anywhere near as much cleaning as a pellet stove does, and coal can basically be stored wherever, it does not need to be kept free from wetness/dampness, like pellets do.....

You can pick up a used stoker stove for anywhere from 500-1000 dollars on craigslist etc....

Here is a picture of mine...It is my main heat source, and it heats my house (~1200 sf) on about 5 ton a year......


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Look into a coal stoker stove.........it operates the same as a pellet stove, and coal is around the same price (roughly 212.00 a ton) and has a lot more BTU's in it than hardwood pellets.....I believe you get almost 1.75 the amount of BTU out of a ton of hard coal, as you get out of a ton of pellets......

Also, coal stoves don't require anywhere near as much cleaning as a pellet stove does, and coal can basically be stored wherever, it does not need to be kept free from wetness/dampness, like pellets do.....

You can pick up a used stoker stove for anywhere from 500-1000 dollars on craigslist etc....

Here is a picture of mine...It is my main heat source, and it heats my house (~1200 sf) on about 5 ton a year......

Wow I cannot believe (not that I don't believe you, just can't believe it burns that much) you have to clean it out everyday! When I burn wood in my outdoor furnace I don't have to clean the ashes out for 3 weeks of burning. When I burn hard coal I need to clean it out every 3-4 days. Coal is very tricky to burn efficiently. Personally if you want to burn coal buy a coal stove not a dual stove.
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Look into a coal stoker stove.........it operates the same as a pellet stove, and coal is around the same price (roughly 212.00 a ton) and has a lot more BTU's in it than hardwood pellets.....I believe you get almost 1.75 the amount of BTU out of a ton of hard coal, as you get out of a ton of pellets......

Also, coal stoves don't require anywhere near as much cleaning as a pellet stove does, and coal can basically be stored wherever, it does not need to be kept free from wetness/dampness, like pellets do.....

You can pick up a used stoker stove for anywhere from 500-1000 dollars on craigslist etc....

Here is a picture of mine...It is my main heat source, and it heats my house (~1200 sf) on about 5 ton a year......

Wow I cannot believe (not that I don't believe you, just can't believe it burns that much) you have to clean it out everyday! When I burn wood in my outdoor furnace I don't have to clean the ashes out for 3 weeks of burning. When I burn hard coal I need to clean it out every 3-4 days. Coal is very tricky to burn efficiently. Personally if you want to burn coal buy a coal stove not a dual stove.
Well, that was probably a high estimate.....I think I bought about 4.5 ton last year, and I had about a ton left so I probably used 3.5 tons, but there was a lot of days that it was 80 degrees in the house.....it was too cool to turn it off, but not cold enough to use all of the heat.....

That stove is a coal only stoker stove.......fill the hopper once a day, empty the ashes once a day.......I put about 2 hods of coal in it a day in the dead of winter, and take out 3 or 4 gallons of ashes(thats the size of the pan).....other than that, it just runs itself...

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Re: Pellet Stoves

Propane boilers in a house..Where is a cheap place to buy a 325 gallon tank and cast iron furnace??? How efficient is propane compared to fuel oil???What is the best make of furnace???
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